Are we finally ready to put trans actresses in trans roles?

In a perhaps confusing incidence of synchronicity, two comedies featuring trans characters hit the media world this year — Boy Meets Boy in the United States is a romantic comedy that went on limited release earlier in the year and started streaming in April. In the UK, the television programme of the same name started filming in late […]

The only place to see disabled people on TV: Reality shows

Evaluating the representation of disabled people in media is frustrating, primarily because there are so few of us in books, films, television, and other arts that it’s nearly impossible to make concrete comments — we’re holding single characters up against a standard that they can’t hope to meet. (Imagine, for example, if only two percent […]

Nondisabled people: Please stop arguing with us about our experiences

I keep noticing a really peculiar trend, and while I’m speaking from the perspective of disability, it’s by no means limited to disability — it happens with race, with gender, with religious faith. It starts with a disabled person making a statement about her life, a comment on disability representation, expressing irritation with her treatment […]